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Would you like a film with that?
For someone who pokes fun at shallow social networking relationships (one click and you're a "friend") I am awfully quick to claim comradeship with noted authors. Without demonstrating equal talent, one can still bask in the approbation...
Do you have a good reimagination?
Perhaps we should make TCM 's Robert Osborne an honorary library staffer . He enhanced a customer interaction this week. The caller queried, "I don't owe any fines, right?" Extra-busy recently, she'd lost track of time and required...
Self-help on many levels
We don't operate within Downton Abbey-like social strata, and no impenetrable physical barrier (that we know of) seals off the library's first floor from the second. Still, top-floor reference librarians go for long stretches of time without speaking...
The ghost who got a warm reception
In Valerie Martin's new The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, famed British author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle is touring the United States. Though gracious among his fans, Doyle finds every dinner, interview, lecture, or appearance to...
Over there and back again
For this significant anniversary, choose when you wish to observe it. (Don't try this at home; a wedding date is a wedding date.) With World War I's centenary , the approach makes sense. Nations entered into the conflict over time, and some locales...
A tale of two
Jennifer Lawrence and I face different challenges. I worry about income tax filing and furry rooftop intruders at home and maxed-out Fiction shelving at work. Poor Jennifer, on the other hand, is tasked with maintaining her ever-increasing trove of award...
Just when you think you've heard it all
...someone writes another version of that classic holiday poem. This one celebrates downtown Round Rock ( don't forget Christmas Family Night on Dec. 6) and Rocksssanne , the library's beloved (and intrepid) snake mascot. *** Rocksssanne's...
Cape ability
If two people in your workplace showed up outfitted in superhero costumes (it's not Halloween) how surprised would you be? My sighting at the library did occur within a few days of trick-or-treat time. But the main point is that when I observed two...
Second looks encouraged
"You were right!" I told my husband Monday evening. "You're not the only person in the world who thinks Buckaroo Bonzai is a great movie. I met the other guy today." That would be Ernest Cline , author of the acclaimed R eady Player...
Haunting, but not like Halloween
No disrespect implied, but I've left witches and pumpkins behind, forging ahead to Thanksgiving mode this week. It's all due to Daniel Woodrell. The Maid's Version , his brief but masterfully done novel, was on my Don't Return Home Without...
May the choice be with you
Wish someone had caught this on camera for Youtube. Scene related by reliable witness: an attentive mother and two children (daughter a couple of years older than the son) indicated the selection of puppets available for checkout at the library . "Which...
Betwixt and between
If you're a grownup (especially thirty-plus and a parent/guardian/aunt or uncle) you, too, may have savored a sandwich meal involving no sandwiches. A recent lunch--if that's what you call chugging a homemade smoothie--found me checking emails...
Extra! Extra! Read all about it
That message had no business landing in work email in the first place. I would delete it, but it represents a career path of potential interest to the library's job seekers and vocational explorers. OK, so I'm rationalizing; I kept it because...
Please, thank you, and mine!
Ever worked a customer service desk? Then you're familiar with the Conflicted or I Hate to Bother You, But... Complaint. This nice library patron was even conflicted about the reason. With hands apart, palms up (the universal "this is probably...
Heaven and Hell's Kitchen
"Such an amazing place," the customer observed dreamily. "But I don't suppose I could ever get in." Nice to know that the Book Expo America photos I posted online conveyed the energy and special-ness of the event--noted authors...
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